This is a collection of short stories written by Stephen King, two of them I had read before. There are some really good and twisted stories in this collection. However there are some that don’t read like the typical Stephen King stories; they aren’t gory or gruesome or scary.
One of my favorite stories was Afterlife about a man that dies and goes to a waystation of sorts. He meets a fellow that tells him about his choices and has a dilemma on his hands. I love the idea behind this and the choices that the man was given. It makes one wonder what they would do when faced with the same decision.
Another one was Cookie Jar about a magical cookie jar that was never empty. But with all magic, it comes with a price. Is it one that is worth paying for?
I think my favorite out of the whole book was Drunken Fireworks. It’s about some backwoods hillbillies that come into money and decide to have a fireworks “fight” of sorts with the rich folks that live on the other side of the lake. I love the way the story is written, from the son’s point of view. I could just imagine him sitting there telling his tale about what happened on Fourth of July. It was hilarious and interesting and a great read.
Even if you don’t like Stephen King books because they are scary, then pick this book up because there are less scary stories in here than you’d think. There’s even a baseball story!